Sunday, April 10, 2016

Planting by the Signs?

Agriculture, Cereals, Curved, Ears

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: Genesis 1:14

Saturday I planted potatoes and onions. The calendar said Saturday was a good day to plant for underground vegetables. Tuesday is suppose to be good for things that bare above ground. I remember an old radio announcer who always gave the signs and for what the day was best, even good days for fishing. Long years ago many farmers planted by the signs. I'm not sure that's what the verse in Genesis is referring to but perhaps. 

People judge times by what signs they think they see. Like today our country is in such turmoil with drugs and terror and immorality. Many are losing hope that things can change. Jesus never loses hope. May I share another verse. 

Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. John 4:35

Jesus disciples wondered that Jesus would talk to a Samaritan woman. This woman was not just a Samaritan, which in their eyes was bad enough. Jesus knew she had been married five times and she was not married to the man she was currently living with. Even the Samaritans had rejected her or she would not have come to the well alone. Jesus still saw hope in this woman. When he took time to witness to her, she believed on Him and she went back to the town and told them about Jesus. Jesus then had to explain to his disciples that the people were ready to be saved, they just hadn't heard the gospel. In two days time the entire city had received Jesus as the Messiah. The woman and the people had some knowledge of the gospel, but no one had loved them while hating sin.  

We do a great job of hating sin, but are we failing in the love department? The fields are ready for harvesting. At the time of the Revolutionary War, America was in the same moral decline it is today, but great people of God got together to pray and revival began to take place. Two Great Awakening periods took place in America and England in the 1800's. 

This week while hating sin, take a step back to show some love and prayerful concern for those who need to hear the gospel. We are ripe for a Great Awakening in the 21st Century. 

Praying for a Great Awakening,

Hey Kids:
Planting is a great time to see how food grows more food. 
A potato is just a potato until you place it in some soil.
Place a layer of soil in a large flower pot.
Add a potato on top and cover with soil. 
Place it in a sunny location and keep it watered. 
When the leaves appear, scrape back the soil to find the potato.
You will likely find a mushy, stinky, rotting potato with roots extending into the soil. 
As the potato plant grows the old potato will vanish and lots of new edible potatoes will grow on the roots. 

We may look good on the outside, but like the potato, we are pretty stinky sinners. Jesus can give us the change that will make us into strong Christians with a new purpose and life. We can grow into strong Christians and take the gospel to our friends and family, growing more Christians with every witness. 

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